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October Newsy News!

Welcome, Autumn…now bring on the soup!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers –

I hope you are doing alright and finding things to nourish your spirits! These are heavy and yet meaningful times we are living in. We need each other and we need music now more than ever if you ask me.  

Here are several fun things happening in October! And right below is gratitude and newsy news and a special request…

Oct 2-4 – Sisters Songworks: A Virtual Writing Retreat hosted by Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, OR. Instructors BW, Anna Tivel & Tom Kimmel. We have a few spots left!

Oct 8 – Livestream Concert “We Belong Together!” hosted by Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). A two-hour Livestream Concert Revue streaming on the FAR-West YouTube channel, featuring live performances by well-known acts from the West and beyond, as well as hot up-and-coming young artists.  At 12:45 pm PDT. Free and open to all.

Fri, Oct 16 – Livestream hosted by Devil Mountain Coffeehouse in Walnut Creek, CA. Details to come!

Fri, Oct 23 – Virtual Concert/Reading hosted by Deschutes Public Library in Bend, OR. An intimate virtual performance to remind us of the connecting power of word and song. A link to view this program online will be available beginning Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m. FREE and open to all.

GRATITUDE…Special thanks to Artichoke music and to my Dynamics in Performance workshop students–I have had a blast exploring dynamics every Tuesday with you. Thanks to Sisterspace Weekend Music Festival for including me in their amazing lineup of women. Thanks to Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown and everyone who tuned in to help me celebrate my new poetry book! And big thanks to my patrons for cheering me on!

THE NEWS…I’m having so much fun with Patreon, y’all! It has been six months since I launched this new tool for connection, and I have released six new songs and six poems there that you won’t hear anywhere else! The world is ever evolving and I’m trying my best to adapt. With CD sales essentially a thing of the past and touring an uncertainty for at least another year, Patreon is helping me to stay connected, release new works, and access direct support from folks who appreciate my work. It’s a win-win! I’m at 92 patrons right now y’all, and I can’t wait to reach the milestone of 100 patrons! Click here to help me reach that goal! This is the best way to keep up with what I am making!

I’m so excited for our Sisters Songworks virtual writing retreat coming up Oct 2-4! I have been dreaming of this for so long, and now it is finally here! It is not how we originally envisioned it, but these days call for adaptation and resilience! We have decided to go online, and I’m so excited to be partnering with the great Anna Tivel and guest instructor Tom Kimmel! We’ll have small workshops, a song circle, instructor concert, master class with Tom Kimmel, and plenty of creative shenanigans and dance party breaks to keep our blood flowing. I hope you’ll join us!

A SPECIAL REQUEST…Ok y’all, I have a request! A few months ago, I wrote a song called “Loving An Old Dog” (about guess who!?), and I want to make a new music video for it! I got to go in to the studio here in Sisters at Grange Recorders and lay down an awesome recording of the song (sign up for my Patreon here to download the MP3!) So… I am envisioning a video montage with photos of YOUR sweet old dogs while this song is playing in the backgroud! I’m requesting that you email me a pic of your old dog with his/her name so your beloved 4-legged can be in the video! Here’s the song if you haven’t heard it yet… You can reach me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

beth wood lovin' an old dog

And finally, I want to share with you a song that I wrote as a tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG inspired me so much with her life of action, purpose, service, and courage. After rewatching the documentary RBG, I was reminded of something she said that moved me deeply: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” I was thinking about that when I wrote this song for her.

one step at a time

This is pretty much what things look like around here these days…it’s a Zoomarama! We’re Zooming our faces off in virtual meetings, lessons, workshops and retreats! I’m so grateful for my assistant and all of her “help!” (I’m pretty sure her ears help me get better wifi reception.)       

Sometimes she gets confused when we Zoom and she thinks we have company so she brings out all her toys to show everyone. 🙂

MAN, it felt good to breathe clean air once that crazy smoke cleared out.

I’m so grateful to you for reading this, for your interest in my creative shenanigans, and for your support of my work in the world. Who knows what winter will looks like? Feels like we are headed into hibernation but we have already been hibernating for six months. 

May we be lights for each other in the darkness, knowing that the light will come back around again.  May we care for the most vulnerable among us. May we nourish our spirits with music and cooking and poetry and dogs and laughter and loved ones and long walks in the crisp autumn air.  May we never forget we are all connected!  

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

New Book Celebration!

Hello, friends!

Wowza! I’m floating on cloud 9 from last night’s new book celebration livestream with my friends Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! Thank you so much to everyone who tuned in, shared, and donated. What a spirit-lift it was to be with friends and hear their incredibly moving artistry. We had a blast and man, I needed that. 

In case you missed it, you can watch the livestream new book celebration at your leisure at any time!! And you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch. Here it is! 

If you’d like to order my new poetry book Believe The Bird, there are options:

1. You can order directly from me! It might take a little longer as I am waiting for my next shipment of books. But if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days, I will send you one, and I’ll sign it to boot! Click here to order from me.

2. If you live in central Oregon, I hope you’ll consider buying it at our awesome local independent book store, Paulina Springs Books! They are at 252 W. Hood Ave in Sisters, 541-549-0866. Also, your local book store can order it for you!

3. If you have a poetry emergency and need to get your hands on a copy quickly, you can order from the big book store in the sky here. If you do order here, would you consider writing a review? Thanks!

I am truly grateful for all of your love and support, and I feel so lucky that I get to make art and share it with you. Thanks for cheering me on!

With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

September 2020 Newsy News!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

My how these days are flying and slogging at the same time. 🙂 I hope you are finding beauty in these waning summer days. I am savoring every moment of sunshine!

These are exciting times around here at BW headquarters. I am so thrilled to announce that my new poetry book, Believe The Bird, is out in the world! I’ll tell you all about it and all the other fun stuff going on, but first… 

GRATITUDE…Very special thanks to the Sisters Folk Festival for hosting an outdoor, socially distanced and safe and magical concert. It was so powerful and healing to make music again and to be with real live people singing for real live people! Thanks to David Jacobs-Strain, Haley Johnsen, Jeffrey Martin and Ron Artis II and the Truth for a truly inspiring day of music. Thanks to art teacher Judy Fuentes and all the kids who made our Creativity Camp so incredibly fun! Thanks to Marean Jordan and the UU church of Bend for hosting me as their virtual guest artist. Thanks to Nathan Brown and Ashley Stanberry Brown for making my book the first to be featured in their Stocktank Book Club, and to Roundabout Books in Bend for inviting me to be a part of their local author’s night virtual reading!

THE NEWS…NEW BOOK ALERT! I can’t even describe the giddy feeling of knowing my new book is out in the world! This is my third book of poetry and it is called Believe The Bird. The title comes from a quote by John James Audubon that says, “When the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird.” What if we examine the stories we tell ourselves to see if they resonate with who we are now? What if we allow our inherent wisdom to override messages that no longer serve us? When is a story good and when is it harmful? What if we get to decide what narratives work for us? Believe The Bird is a book full of questions in the form of poems, pointing to the wisdom of the bird in hand. THANK YOU to Nathan Brown, Ashley Stanberry Brown and Mezcalita Press for helping me make this thing real! Yes, you can buy from the big book store in the sky but if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days to get your copy, you can buy directly from me and get it signed to boot! Here’s how to order and support my work most directly!

I just LOVE how the cover of this book turned out!  The cover was lovingly designed by Lauren Hill and features a photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird taken by my aunt Sheri Williamson. Sheri is a hummingbird researcher/expert, amazing artist and incredibly brilliant human, and she runs the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory along with my uncle Tom. Check out some more of her art here on here FB page! And you can read about Sheri and Tom’s work in the world here

Here is a video I made for a reading of the poem “Flipside Supernova”, a poem in the new book.

believe the bird poetry book

And you can watch Nathan and Ashley read some of my poems from their stocktank book club!

And I hope you’ll join us for our virtual new book celebration on Sept 14 with Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown!

I am excited to partner with Artichoke Music for a virtual workshop series this month. We’ll be exploring dynamics in performance (one of my favorite things!) on Tuesdays this month (after Labor Day). You can sign up for the entire series, or drop in for one class! We’re all just trying to figure out how to stay connected and keep on doing our work, and I am grateful to Artichoke Music for inviting me to share this offering. I hope you’ll join us!

In other exciting news, I released another brand new song this month to my Patreon community. This one is open-tuning, metal-finger-picks, tap-yo-feet, open-yo-mouth fun to sing, and it’s called “Love Keeps the Flame”! Thank you to Brent McGregor for this fiery photo!

We’re on fire now, y’all. That makes five new songs I have released exclusively to my Patreon peeps! I’m up to 93 patrons now and I would LOVE to get to 100. Want to hear my new work and also support my work in an easy, sustainable way? Check it out here!

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS…

Sept 8, 15, 22, and 29 – Dynamics in Performance Zoom Workshop Series hosted by Artichoke Music. We will explore together the power of dynamics in expressing emotion, telling a story, and delivering a song. We’ll look at some tips and tricks for providing your performances with variety, movement, and emotional arc. We will address how breathing, awareness, and song-mapping tie in to delivering an engaging performance. Let’s have fun and learn from each other! Tuesdays in September from 7-8:30 pm. In partnership with Portland’s beloved Artichoke Music. $100 for all 4 workshops. $30 for single drop-in. Click here for registration info!

Sept 14 – Joyful Measures: BW’s Virtual New Book Celebration with special guests Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! BW will be celebrating the release of her third poetry book, Believe The Bird, with a livestream virtual reading and concert along with two of her favorite troubadour-poet-songwriters Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! We’ll share music, poems, and talk about what is bringing us joy right now here on BW’s Facebook music page. (You don’t have to have a FB account to watch). It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted. 6 pm Pacific Time/8 pm Central. 

Here’s some other random pics y’all…

oh my GAWD it felt good to sing with other humans again!  thank you Jay Mather for capturing these moments!

and it felt so good to sit back and drink in some music.

we had SO MUCH FUN at creativity camp! The kids were fun and enthusiastic and open and silly and it felt so good to just hang out and make stuff together!

this is my favorite pic from the whole week…so much fun!

we came up with some very creative song titles.

and we wrote tons of songs together including 2020 Blues, Covid-19 Blues, and Fred’s Head, a song about an unfortunate incident with a goldfish losing his head. 

and let’s not forget, every day is National Dog Day around here! 😉 

I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love and to share it with you. THANK YOU for walking alongside me on this path. Thank you for cheering me on and supporting my work. I’m sending a big love-and-gratitude blast your way!

Your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Check out the latest newsy news for August, 2020!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

These are rich, long days of sunshine, new avenues of connection, finding ways to lift each other up. And they are also richly complex days of uncertainty and change. I hope you are finding beauty and meaning wherever you are. 

Here are a few things coming up I’d like to tell you about. Lots more details are below…

Sat, Aug 1 – Sisters Folk Festival Presents: Close To Home Concert – Sisters, OR (this event will be livestreamed on SFF’s Youtube and Facebook…details below)

Fri, Aug 7 – Back Door Coffeehouse Virtual Concert 

Mon, Aug 10-Fri, Aug 14 – Sisters Folk Festival’s Creativity Camp for Kids – Sisters, OR

Fri, Aug 28 – Roundabout Books Virtual Local Author Night on Zoom

But first, gratitude…

Thank you to all the brave souls who joined for my Zoom dynamics/performance workshop and to Portland Folk Music Society for hosting. I never knew we could have so much fun gathering virtually! I hope to offer more of this kind of musical mischief soon!

Thank you to the Audrey and Milt and to Charles and Sandy and to Paul and Donna for trying new things and for making my music part of your lives. We are getting so creative! 

Thank you to all of you who ordered a copy of my new CD, a collaboration live CD with the amazing Home By Dark band! And thank you for tuning in to our virtual CD release celebration, and to Matt Blanchard, Carole Ford and Vanessa Conner for bringing their beautiful music and generous spirits to the party! It meant the world to me to share that with you. If you missed the online CD release celebration and you’d like to watch it, you still can! Here is the link to watch. And if you’d like to order your copy, you still can! Here’s the link for that. The album is called “Home By Dark Live Vol 1 with Beth Wood” and it is on all the streaming platforms as well. THANK YOU to James Casto for making this happen!

Thank you to my wonderful Patreon community for partnering with me in my creative work and for cheering me on! I had a blast sharing a new song, with special guest David Jacobs-Strain sitting in on slide guitar, and a new poem about girls and horses. If you’d like to have access to my new songs and poems, I hope you’ll join us here! For as little as $1 a month you can become a member! There are many levels of support and  you can choose what feels right for you. You can always change your pledge or bow out if things change for you, no judgment! I am supporting several of my favorite artists now on Patreon — David LamotteEllisNaomi Violette, and I love getting a window into their creative lives! I also love being a patron of Artichoke Music! I figure our creative community is stronger if we support each other!

And now, for some fun stuff coming up! On August 1, Sisters Folk Festival is presenting a small, outdoor, responsible and socially-distanced show called “Close To Home” on their lawn at the Artworks Building! I applaud everyone involved for all the thought and planning and work they have put into creating this safe space for us to enjoy some live music. I am honored and excited to be playing some music with the great David Jacobs-Strain! And my heart is bursting just thinking of getting to hear Jeffrey Martin with Anna TivelHaley Johnsen, and Ron Artis II and The Truth. Our community must really need it because it sold out in a day! But the cool thing is that Sisters Folk Festival will be live streaming the whole event as a love offering!! You can watch it here on YouTube! Or here on Facebook! Music starts at 5 pm Pacific. DJS and I will play at 7:15.  hope you’ll join us in your living rooms. It truly is a phenomenal group of artists and a special offering for our thirstly little isolated ears and hearts. 

I am so grateful to my friend and wonderful singer-songwriter-poet Tom Kimmel for connecting me with the gracious folks at the Back Door Coffeehouse in Hattiesburg, MS! You see, they have been hosting listening room concerts for their community for 28 years! And they are continuing on this season with virtual concerts. I was so delighted when they reached out and asked me to be a part of their series! So, here’s the scoop: I’m videoing myself playing a concert here in my home, and the Back Door Coffeehouse will present it on their YouTube page on August 7 at 5:30 pm Pacific (7:30 Central). This is a gift to their community and donations are gratefully accepted. Here is the link to watch! 

And I am thrilled and delighted to be co-leading a day camp for 10-14 year old kids on August 10-14 in Sisters! I will be co-leading “The Nature of Expression: A Creativity Camp” with wonderful artist Judy Fuentes. We will investigate animals and nature through sounds and color and explore storytelling and self-expression through art, creative writing, and music. Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Strict adherence to safety guidelines in place during COVID-19 will be observed. There are still a few spots left, so if you know a 10-14 year old who loves being creative, I hope you’ll send them our way!

Roundabout Books is a beloved independent book store in Bend, and I’m excited to be part of their local author’s night on August 28! Each author will speak for approximately 15 minutes and then be available for questions. Other featured authors are Denise Holley, Lauren Melink, Alisha Crebbin and Robert M. Vancil. Please contact Roundabout Books at www.roundaboutbookshop.com or call 541-306-6564 to order these books. Zoom link to be posted on their website soon!

If you are looking for a contemplative, community offering, I will be the special guest for the UU Fellowship of Central Oregon’s Sunday virtual service on August 16 at 10 am Pacific time. I am very honored by this invitation! I’ll be sharing a few songs and a poem or two. If you’d like to learn about the UUFCO and/or tune in, please visit their website here. 

And finally, my next book of poetry, “Believe The Bird” is in production right now. Whaaaaaaat?!?! So I’ll be dreaming and scheming on what kind of fun virtual celebration I can cook up for that. Stay tuned!

Here’s Bailey Pants helping me set up for the Home By Dark CD release livestream celebration! Very laid-back management style. 

WOOP! So excited for everyone to hear this album! I love sharing my friends with you!

Oh these summer days take my breath away. 

Thanks so much for reading my musings and for being a part of my creative life. I always love hearing from you! It’s hard to imagine the future of live concerts or tours, but I do know that what we have is this moment right now. And I am incredibly grateful for that. I am grateful for our connections no matter how they transpire. I am grateful for the chance to make music and poetry and to share it. I am so grateful for all of you! 

Your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

New book alert!

new book alert

NEW BOOK ALERT! It’s finally come true. My poetry book Believe The Bird is out in the world and I am over the moon. The first box of books is on its way to me now! Yes, you can buy from the big book store in the sky but if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days to get your copy, you can buy directly from me and get it signed to boot! Here’s how to order and support my work most directly: http://www.bethwoodmusic.com/store/

“When the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird.”

John James Audubon

Thank you Nathan Brown, Ashley Stanberry Brown and Mezcalita Press, LLC for helping me make this thing real! Below is a reading of the poem “Flipside Supernova” which explains a little bit about the stories I’m choosing to believe now.

July Newsy news is here!

Well hello, July

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

icon thanks for bringing summer!
Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I hope you are staying well and doing alright. Time seems to be doing a funny dance these days… I have slowed down and stayed in one place, and yet I can’t believe it’s already July! I am so grateful for all of you who have tuned in to my online musical mischief and supported me from afar. Here’e what’s going on…

Well I’m having a blast making things for my Patreon peeps! Have you signed up yet? Patreon is the best way you can support my work these days and keep up with all that I’m doing and making. It’s like a subscription to my music and poetry, and I am releasing one new song and one new poem each month exclusively to this group. Plus we have Zoom visits sometimes and I know everyone is sick of the computer but I truly have so much fun every time we gather! You can join for as little as $1 a month, or for as much as you like! If you connect with my music and my work, I hope you’ll come and join us. This group is sustaining me and my work, giving me focus, and keeping spirits high, and I hope we can keep growing! Click here to go to my Patreon page. 

We had a wonderful time with our Women, Nature and Song all day songwriting Zoom retreat! I am so grateful to Kathy and Gi for hosting the event, and for the creative, funny, inspiring women who came together and made it so special. Speaking of Zoom workshops, I am honored to have been invited by the Portland Folk Music Society to lead a workshop on dynamics on July 15 at 4 pm Pacific! Here are the details:

Wed, July 15 – SongMapping: The Power of Dynamics – A Performance Workshop. Hosted by the Portland Folk Music Society via Zoom  Have you ever stood back and thought of a song as a whole?  Where are the high points and low points? Which moments contain the most potential for expressing emotion?  We will look at songs to see how to use dynamics – where to get loud, where to get soft, where to pause, where to breathe — to engage listeners and tell a compelling story. Open to all but space is limited. 4 pm Pacific time. The cost for this 90-ish minute workshop is a suggested donation of $15 (but pay what you can, no judgment!) Please donate early to reserve your spot. When you make your donation, please write “Beth Wood Workshop” in the notes section. Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/bethwoodmusic or Venmo: @bethwoodmusic

 

I have so BIG NEWS about a new release! You may remember me going on and on about how much I looooove playing the concert series called Home By Dark in Georgia. First of all, their motto is “A song can change your life.” AMEN!! How many times has statement rung true in my own life? Too many times to count! This beautiful series has grown from a songwriter-in-the-round on top of hay bales with an audience of 30 to a huge state of the art stage production with the best backing band in the country and beautiful sound and lights in a spectacular outdoor setting with thousands of seats filled every year, many of which are filled by loyal season subscribers who come to every show. I am so honored that I got to play that first Home By Dark show way back when, and I have played the series every year since. For some reason they keep inviting me back?!? James and Karen Casto and the band of James, Jim Hettinger, Steve Cunningham, Matt Blanchard, Mike Shetler, Carole Ford and Vanessa Connor have become family, and our shows are a reunion I look forward to every year. I have always thought hmmmm…wouldn’t it be cool to release an album with the Home By Dark band backing me up?? Well, thanks to James Casto, now that dream has become a reality! James has chosen some of our favorite moments over the years and compiled them into an ambum. The CDs are on their way to me now!! If you would like to order one, click here and I will send you one as soon as I get them. It will be available for download and streaming on July 20. I LOVE SINGING WITH THIS BAND! The energy, musicianship, trust, comraderie are out of this world.  Can’t wait to share it with you.

Here’s a little taste of what a Home By Dark show is all about…

home by dark with beth wood / easy on me (full version)

I loved hosting a Sunday morning “music church” livestream last week with my friends Chris Kokesh and Gentle Thunder as special guests! You can still watch it here in case you missed it. Please note there are two parts as we had a little technical glitch that we quickly renamed an ‘intermission’. 🙂  I’m thinking of doing more of these livestream concerts as I just love getting to hear my friends and share them with folks who might not have heard them yet! I love weaving in poetry and conversation and and songs into a time of reflection and celebration. I think I will choose a different time because Sunday morning is such a busy time for streaming. Going forward I’m going to call it “Joyful Measures” and I can’t wait to have more special guests! Are there any special guests you would like to see? I will keep you posted.

Bailey was so helpful at my first Zoom songwriting retreat! 

I shared a new poem on Patreon this week about these froggies that live around here. These cute little guys are everywhere and they sing so loud! 

We had a grand adventure in the Alvord desert in Eastern Oregon a few weeks ago. Part of our time spent there was out on the playa, a six mile wide dried up lake in the shadow of Steens mountain… shooting footage for a music video! (stay tuned…) It was breathtaking!

And this happened the other night when I was driving home… so perty!

 

Thank you for reading and for being a part of my creative journey. I am sending you good wishes from my little abode in Sisters. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

 

 

It’s time for June newsy news!

Hello, June…

Friday, May 29, 2020

icon We’re ready for you!
Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

I hope you are doing alright and staying healthy. It’s finally starting to warm up here, and it feels like foreshadowing for better days ahead!

I am sending a little love blast your way and a little news of a few fun things coming up.

Some good news…I’ve been so blown way by your support on Patreon! It truly is the best way to keep up with what I’m creating. I send out a new unreleased song and a new poem each month, and we do Zoom concerts and gatherings, too! It’s like a backstage pass to my work. 🙂 You can join for just $1 a month, or for as much as you like! This is the future for independent artists. Special thanks to all 78 of you who have joined so far. I hope you’ll join me!

Fun things coming up soon…

Sat, May 30 – Youtube Watch Party – A BW and Edie Carey Concert at Swallow Hill Music in Denver! We will premiere the video of our concert at that beautiful listening room. It was one of those magical nigths that had us floating in the clouds for days. The amazing John Standish joined us on piano and we got do so some harmonies…so dreamy! If you have never heard Edie sing, you are in for a treat and you will wonder what took you so long! You don’t have to have a Youtube account to watch, but you do if you’d like to chat with us in the comments. It is free to set up a Youtube account. Hope you will join us to relive it! At 6 pm Pacific Time.

Sat, June 20 – Women, Nature and Song: A Zoom Retreat! BW will be leading us in a songwriting workshop retreat via ZOOM! We will observe, listen, write, share, and learn from each other, while being inspired by nature, music, and community. All levels of songwriting experience welcome! We will have a Song Circle in the evening of Saturday June 20th and a special Sunday Morning Offering led by Beth. Cost is sliding scale of $20 – $50. Please send via paypal to Kathy@kathymarshallmusic to reserve your spot! The retreat will be 10 am to 9 pm Saturday with lots of breaks, and from 10 am- 1 pm on Sunday.

Sun, June 21 – BW Livestream “Music Church” Concert – In honor of Women, Nature and Song, BW will host a morning program of songs and poetry to lift our hearts and celebrate the beauty all around us! Open to all, donations accepted but not required. 10 am Pacific time. You can watch here on BW’s Facebook music page! (no Facebook account required to watch)

Sat, June 27 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Livestream House Concert! I love playing at Little Tree, and this time I’ll be playing from my house! Our host Joe has graciously moved his concerts online and as usual he has made it so easy and fun. He even sent me the recipe for the rum cake he always makes for his house concerts! (hopefully the rum will make it into the cake, ha!) This online concert is by sliding scale donation. Tickets are $12+ I hope you’ll join us! 6 pm Pacific Time. More details about how to watch will be listed here. 

 

And more good news…the Sisters Folk Festival Bandwagon is still going strong… look, we made the paper! 


And here’s local legend Dennis McGregor and Benji Nagel spreading some home grown tunes right in front of Benji & Caris’s farmstand!

Here’s a little song that I recorded back in 2014 for “Sometimes Love” that has been tapping me on the shoulder lately. I looked outside my window and the light was so beautiful. The golden hour. I rushed outside and made this video.

no cover

This was my set up for the FB Livestream concert I did on my almost birthday! You can watch it here.


This girl is always ready for adventure!

I hope you are getting outside and taking good care and doing things that lift your spirits. I know it sounds simple, but singing always makes me feel better, so I’ll just keep doing that no matter what. Please know that you are on my mind and in my walking prayers. As always, I love hearing from you, so holler at me if you feel moved to do so.  Thank you for walking alongside me on my musical journey! With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

 

May newsy newsletter!

May, you are my favorite.

Friday, May 1, 2020

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Greetings, friends and fellow music-lovers — and hello from beautiful central Oregon! I am so grateful for these gorgeous spring days. Each drop of sunshine and each flower feels like a little love note, and I love the spirit-lift I get from walking outside. I hope you are in good spirits and staying healthy.

I wanted to check in and send you a little love blast. My monthly newsy newsletter is a ritual I enjoy…even though the newsy news looks different these days. Here are couple of fun events coming up!

On Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th, our friends at Artichoke Music are going to broadcast a show I did there with my good friend the great Tom Faulkner on their Facebook page!! Tom is one of my favorite singer-songwriters in the history of ever, and I have so much fun sharing the stage with him. We have played lots in Texas, and it was a dream of mine for my friends in Oregon to hear Tom. So a couple years ago he came up for a few NW shows, and this Artichoke show was just the warm Oregon welcome I had hoped for for my friend Tom! We can’t wait to re-live this wonderful evening with you on FB live! We’ll be there commenting and chatting and making fun of each other both nights. 🙂 7:30 pm Pacific time on Sun and Mon. Thank you to Artichoke Music for this special treat! So here’s the scoop… and a fun promo video we made.

beth wood & tom faulkner livestream from artichoke trailer

And on Thursday, May 21 at 5 pm Pacific time I will play a live streaming concert in celebration of my almost-birthday! You can attend the concert on my Facebook music page, and then we will have a special Zoom backstage after party with Patreon folks. I am still learning about Zoom and FB Live and streams and upload speeds and delays and microphones, oh my! But I will do my best to make it a fun event and I hope you’ll join me. It lifts my spirits every time I sing and especially when I sing for you! Please feel free to email me with your song requests at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com!

Y’all, I am so excited about my growing Patreon community! Patreon is a new subscription platform that allows you to directly support your favorite artists while connecting with them and gaining access to exclusive content. I share a new song and a new poem each month to my Pateron subscribers, and we had our first Zoom gathering for a few tunes and some much needed connection last week. It was so fun! It has been significant for me in a couple of ways. Firstly, it is a way to continue making a living. And secondly, it has shifted my daily mindset. Now when I get up in the morning, instead of thinking, “what should I do today?” my first thought is, “what can I make today?” It’s a significant shift, and I love how it feels to be creating and sharing! Special thanks to the 57 brave souls who have join me in this adventure. I hope you’ll consider joining us! I made a little video about it here…

what is patreon?

Oh my GOSH y’all, we had so much fun with the inaugural run of the Sisters Folk Festival bandwagon this week! We borrowed a flatbed trailer and set up a PA and drove around our town while I played some tunes…free delivery of home grown music…all while keeping safe and social distancing! It was so wonderful to see all the smiles and waves and majestic mountains in the background and the bicycle parade that rode along behind us! It lifted my spirits so high to spread some joy through music, and I’m still fying high! The Bandwagon has no schedule or agenda, other than celebrating a beautiful afternoon, in our beautiful community, with some beautiful music…to help cure the Quarantine Blues! So be on the lookout for some more free song delivery soon! Special thanks to Brad for driving and to Dave and Dennis support and to Jeff and Chris at Ponderosa Forge & Ironworks Inc. for letting us use their trailer and to Rick Gerraths for the sweet generator to power the amp!

And I had a blast singing and talking with my friend Bob Hemenger’s Pagosa Springs high school class via Google Hangouts!

Oh this rainbow girl… 🙂 Some folks said it looks like she’s levitating! Can you see it? Angel-dog.

Here’s a video I recorded in front of my new place in Sisters.. I was thinking about how this song used to mean one thing, and now it means something different. Funny how songs grow and change that way…

go now

And finally, here’s a little poem inspired by these beautiful flowers…

These little guys are everywhere,

growing out of sand, gravel,

barely as big as my thumb.

There is wisdom here if I quiet

my thinkingmind so loud and

insistent at times, like thunder.

Even when I can’t find my purpose,

this is always true: grow no matter

where planted, reach toward the

light, let weather pass, shine.

Please know that you are on my mind and in my walking prayers. As always, I love hearing from you, so holler at me if you feel moved to do so. Either way, I’m so grateful for you!

With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

 

What day is this? haha April newsletter

What day is this?

Tuesday Mar 31, 2020

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Hello, friends – and greetings from a beautiful on-and-off snowy day in central Oregon. I want to send out another love blast to you from my heart. It has warmed and comforted me so much to hear from you, and to know that you are out there. Thank you to everyone who has reached out from far and wide! It has never felt more meaningful to connect than it does right now, and I am finding much gratitude in that.

Tomorrow is moving day, and I am so excited to move in to my new place in Sisters. This dream has been percolating for a while, and I am grateful for the opportunity to nest in a place that resonates with my spirit. It feels surreal to move during this time, but onward we must go.

Speaking of onward, now is the time to get creative as we adjust to our changing world. So in that spirit I have some big news…I am launching something new and I would like to invite you to join me! Today I am starting a Patreon community, which is like a subscription to my music/poetry/creative output! I made a video about it here…

an invitation to try something new with me

and you can read more about it on my Patreon page here. If you are moved by my music and you value my work in the world, this is a great way to support what I do and keep it going! This community will be where I share new work, host live online concerts and discussions exclusive to the community, and it’s the best way to stay up to date with the music and poetry I make! I will still create albums and books to share with the world, but I will share works to the Patreon community that may never be released to the world. And I am excited to get your input and feedback as I share works in progress!

Patreon is a monthly subscription service, and you can choose what level at which you are comfortable contributing. Everyone who joins will get access to all the same stuff no matter what level you choose. And for some levels I’ll make you something extra and personal to you! Some of you have been reaching out asking how you can help during this uncertain time. Patreon is a great way!

This is something new for me and I’m know I’m going out on a limb here. But it’s time to adapt and change to a world where touring is not an option and CD sales have evaporated, and I still feel called to make music and poetry and share it in a meaningful exchange. If you have any questions, please let me know? And one more thing, you can change your subscription amount or cancel at any time. So…wanna try something new with me?

I had so much fun playing my first live streaming concert the other night! Connor Garvey put together a live streaming event called Cover Your Friends where we all played songs written by our friends. It is still up on my Facebook music page if you want to take a listen. Just go to the Videos section and click on the one with the yellow shirt. I loved seeing everyone’s name scroll by as I was singing my friends’ songs!

I’ve got another live streaming concert coming up on Sunday, April 12 at 11 am Pacific as part of Shut In and Sing: An Easter Celebration! Featuring Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Lenesha Randolph, The McCrary Sisters, and lol ol me! I will play at 11 am Pacific/2 pm Eastern. You must buy a ticket to access this event. Entry fee is Pay-What-You-Can! PLEASE NOTE: Because there are 5 acts that day, and because of the alphabet, my name does not show up in the title for this event, but trust me, I’m playing! I PROMISE. (If you’re not sure where to go, simply go to www.stageit.com and do a search for my name.)

And I’m exicted to do my own live streaming concert of BW songs soon…song requests are welcome! Stay tuned for the when and where…gotta move all these boxes first…I will keep you updated by newsy newsletter and on FB and Instagram.

Until next time, I’ll leave a poem for you at the end. May we all stay well and safe and may we stay connected and nourished in this strange time. Thanks for reading and for checking in.

With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 9775 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

 

 

 

 

A Little Love Blast from me to you..

A little love blast…

Wednesday Mar 18, 2020

icon from me to you. 
Dear friends,

I want to take this moment to send some love and light out to you. These are strange and challenging days indeed. It is clear that the best way we can help each other is to stay apart for the time being, and that is unsettling to say the least. 

I believe that we will come together and help each other, as we always do when things get tough. I am wishing you health and peace and well-being. Now is a great time to reach out to our community and to connect. Now is a great time to get creative.

I want to let you know that my gigs/workshops/events in March and April are canceled or postponed. We are working hard to reschedule things so stay tuned. I look forward to a time when we can gather together again to share in song and story and poetry. In the mean time, I want to let you know about a really fun online interview I will be doing tomorrow, Thursday, March 18 at 10 am PST! My friend David Lamotte has invited me to be his guest on his new web series called “Sustaining Our Spirits”. It will be an hour-long conversation about life and resilience and creativity with some songs and poems and laughter thrown in. I first knew David when I lived in North Carolina as part of the Asheville singer-songwriter community. His music is like a warm flannel shirt, as is his spirit. His writing is insightful and light-giving. David is also an author, speaker, and leader in the world of peace work. He does not shy away from tough things. He builds community. He is an excellent dad and husband and a good friend. I know you’ll love him as much as I do if you don’t already so I hope you’ll tune in! I’m absolutely certain it will lift our spirits. 

You can join us here on CrowdCast at 10 am PST!

Or you can watch on Facebook Live here.

I will reach back out soon when I have more good news to share! In the mean time, here is a little song I wrote for Bailey that I hope will bring a smile.

beth wood lovin' an old dog

As always I love hearing from you. May we all be well and stay connected. With much love and gratitude from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube